Judge Threatens Blago With Gag Order

Thursday, 17 Jun 2010 08:15 AM

 

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A federal judge has threatened to slap a gag order on the ever-talkative ex-governor from Illinois, Rod Blagojevich, who is on trial for allegedly trying to sell President Barack Obama's vacant U.S. Senate seat.

Blagojevich, 53, faces 24 charges of corruption, racketeering, bribery, and fraud stemming from his efforts in the autumn of 2008 to trade Obama's vacant seat for campaign cash or a new job.

The flamboyant politician turned reality-television star's daily gabbing outside of court has sparked the ire of U.S. District Judge James Zagel, who saidon Wednesday that the former governor's comments caused him "significant concern."

Although Zagel said a gag order would be a last resort, he said Blagojevich's statements amount to "an appeal to sympathy, which is something you are not permitted to do with the jury. I do have significant concerns."

Zagel was responding to Blagojevich's comments on Tuesday in which he called the government's chief witness a liar and said the man, Lon Monk, brought shame to his own parents.

Zagel gave the parties until Monday to reach an agreement on what they can and cannot say outside of court.


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